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Congress will take another stab at immigration reform next week with a boost from the White House.  However the policy debate turns out, how are newcomers changing America now?  Is something new going on or will past patterns be repeated into the second and third generations?  Also, President Bush and Israeli Prime Minister Olmert discuss efforts to bolster Palestinian President Abbas and, on Reporter's Notebook, conflicts of interest and excess spending at the Smithsonian Institution. 

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Making News Bush and Olmert Explore Mid-East Options after Palestinian Split 6 MIN, 5 SEC

At the White House today, as expected, President Bush and Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert discussed their efforts to bolster Mahmoud Abbas in his battle with Hamas.  Both leaders referred to the Abbas, who is also known as Abu Mazen, as the democratically elected president of all the Palestinian people and to Hamas as the organization that violently attacked the unity government.  Neil King, Jr. is diplomatic correspondent for the Wall Street Journal.

Neil King, Wall Street Journal (@NKingofDC)

Main Topic Immigration and Integration 35 MIN, 17 SEC

Immigration will be back on the front burner next week on Capitol Hill, with President Bush urging what he calls "comprehensive reform."  But even an unlikely consensus on new policies may not change the reality that millions of newcomers are already here and more are coming.  How are they changing America and the way Americans look at each other?  As immigrants flock to the central part of the country, what can be learned from Los Angles, the most diverse place in the United States? Is the future assimilation, as it’s been in the past, or Balkanization?

Gregory Rodriguez, New America Foundtion
Steven Camarota, Center for Immigration Studies (@wwwCISorg)
Ruben Rumbaut, Professor of Sociology at UC Irvine

Reporter's Notebook Scandal Leads to Another Resignation at the Smithsonian 7 MIN, 52 SEC

Millions of Americans this summer will be visiting museums run by the Smithsonian Institution, some of Washington's most popular attractions. But all has not been well behind the scenes. In advance of a highly-critical report on management expected tomorrow, major changes are under way.  Lawrence Small resigned in March as Secretary of the Smithsonian, a job he held for seven years.  Yesterday, his deputy, Sheila Burke, also stepped down, saying that she wanted the organization to "move on."  Tomorrow, another shoe is expected to drop in the reform of an independent report on management practices.  James Grimaldi is an investigative reporter for the Washington Post.

James Grimaldi, Wall Street Journal (@JamesVGrimaldi)

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